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4th-5th grade Battle of the Books

SFX students in grades 4-5 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. This year we will play an interscholastic game with three other area schools, Roycemore, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle. When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students on how teams will be formed and how to earn a slot on the team but until that time, this is the list
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Math Update

Dear 5th Grade Parents, It was a pleasure meeting you all at Back to School Night. As discussed in the parent letter sent home by Colleen Barrett and myself at Back to School Night, differentiation is happening within each Math class. This includes students having different homework assignments. I wanted to inform you that when logging into PowerSchool to see your child’s grades, please note that a marking of (
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5th Grade and the Middle School Library Collection

It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at the Middle School Back to School Night. I wanted to share digitally the form that would allow 5th grade students to checkout from the middle school library collection. For those who couldn’t make it last night, during the evening I spoke to the 5th grade parents about how we have a Middle School Collection geared towards and limited to our 6th-8th graders.  A
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Your Class Blog Subscription

Thank you for subscribing to your child’s classroom blog for the 2018-2019 school year. Your subscription is now active and blog posts will automatically push to your email’s inbox the morning after any new posts are logged. You may also check blogs anytime on our website here. Please add office@sfx-school.org (blogs and Newsblast) and sfxschool@mail.vresp.com (SFX School News) to your contacts so that th
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6th Grade Summer Reading

Happy summer, rising 6th graders! Over the coming weeks, please take a moment to check the Summer Reading page of the school website for links to resources and information. In particular, make note of the required summer reading assignment that has been posted for students entering 6th grade this fall. Download the 6th grade summer reading assignment here. Feel free to record summer reading in the log that is attache
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Incoming 6th-8th Grade Book Order Form

As shared previously by our Lit/LA Middle School teachers, complete summer reading instructions and details will be shared next week for rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In the meantime, the Book Fair chairs encourage all current 5th-7th grade students to purchase the required titles shared in yesterday’s blog using the attached order form which is pre-populated with titles and corresponding pricing. Que
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Liesl Shurtliff and Mystery from Author Andrew Clements

As the school year is drawing to a close, our 3rd-5th grade students are getting very excited about Liesl Shurtliff’s visit to SFX this Friday. If your child would like their own personal copy of one of Liesl’s books, please fill out and complete the order form and return it to the office by Tuesday, June 5 along with a check made payable to the Book Stall. 20% from the sale of Mrs. Shurtliff’s book
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Athletics Registrations Due Wednesday

Dear 4th-7th Grade SFX Families, Athletic Registration for students entering 5th-8th grade during the 2018-2019 school year is due this week. Please return registration forms and fees to the school office no later than Wednesday, June 6th.  Both the Athletic Registration Form and the Athletic Permission Form must be on file before your child participates in sporting events at SFX. The Athletic Permission Form require
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Summer Reading Titles for Sale at the Book Fair

The SFX Spring Book Fair takes place this week at the SFX Library and at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Because 20% of all sales come back to SFX, we encourage parents of rising 6th-8th grade students to purchase this year’s required summer 6th-8th grade novels at the Book Fair! This summer’s required texts are: Incoming 6th Grade Students: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Price: $7.99 Incoming 7th gra
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Liesl Shurtliff Author Visit Order Form

As part of our upcoming spring book fair, which is taking place June 6th-8th at the SFX Library and the Book Stall, we will be hosting author Liesl Shurtliff here on Friday, June 8th. She will be speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students about her newest book, Grump. If your child would like an autographed book, please fill out the order form and return it to the library no later than June 5. A portion of the proceeds
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Great America Read to Succeed Tickets

The tickets for the children who completed the Great America Read to Succeed Reading Club have arrived and will be sent home this week via your child’s classroom teacher. Please note the dates listed on the vouchers for the eligible time frame to use the free admission passes as they expire before the end of summer. If for some reason, the voucher doesn’t makes it way home, please don’t hesitate to
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Area High School Sports Camps

Summer is right around the corner! Regina Dominican and Loyola Academy High Schools offer sports camp options open to SFX students this summer. Learn more about sports camps at Regina Dominican here. Information regarding summer sports at Loyola Academy can be found here.
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Book Cafe in May

What fun we had last week during our Book Cafe. The students did a great job discussing our featured book and decoding ciphers from the book. In May, we will meet on Thursday, May 31  during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading Jack the Fairly True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. Ms. Shurtliff will be
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Last Call for Bluestem Reading Challenge Completed Forms

Just a quick reminder the deadline to complete the Bluestem Challenge is this Tuesday, May 1. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees and turns in the Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me no later than May 1st will get to attend a special pizza party in the library at the end of the school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Mrs. Sawyer Libr
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Support Our 3rd-5th Grade Runners!

Join us as we cheer on our 3rd-5th grade SFX girls as they run their season-ending 5K! This race takes place through Wilmette this Saturday, April 28th at 9am. Signs, bells and other fan paraphernalia welcome! The Girls on the Run, SFX Edition race begins and ends at our school, at 808 Linden Avenue. We are grateful to the Wilmette Police Department, who will be stationed at the corner of Sheridan Road and Michigan A
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Bluestem Reading Challenge Deadline is Approaching

I hope you had a blessed Easter and are enjoying the Easter break. Just a reminder the deadline for the Bluestem Challenge is approaching.  I encourage all students in grades 3-5 to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state.  Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of
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Regina Dominican Basketball Clinic

Regina Dominican High School invites all 4th-7th graders to join them for a free basketball clinic this Saturday, March 24th from 9:30-11am. Instruction will be provided by student athletes and the basketball coaching staff. For questions, or to RSVP, please email the athletic director at tmarcum@rdhs.org or call 847/256-7660 extension 254. Download a a flyer here.
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2018 Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against 9 teams from three other schools-Baker Progressive School, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle School. One of our SFX teams, The First Timers came in 2nd place in the individual team competition and in the overall school competition SFX came in 2nd. I couldn’t be prouder of how well these students worked t
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Book Cafe Returns

After a bit of a hiatus, Book Cafe is returning on Wednesday, April 25 during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Registration for Book Cafe is limited to 15 students. To register, please complete this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer no later than Friday, April 13. Mr
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2018 Battle of the Books Update

Many of our 4th-5th grade students have been furiously reading in preparation for the Battle of the Books. All 4th-5th grade students have been placed in teams with their classmates and next week they will be competing during battles taking place in the library. There are two rounds for each battle. During the first round students work with their team to earn points. In the second round, students work individually to
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Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! K Donde esta? Where is? We walked around the classroom finding the location of different objects and people! Also, we worked on an art project Donde esta el perrito? We hid the little dog under the bed! 1 Me gusta y no me gusta/I like and I don’t like Students enjoyed learning about how to express themselves when liking or disliking different food items.   2-3 Bueno y  malo/ Good and bad We covered
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Señorita Rocha IS ON TWITTER! Please follow me @srita_rocha. I will be posting videos and pictures every day! This past week we covered Semana de la Escuelas Catolicas. K-1-2 Students learned Spanish vocabulary while working on a coloring projecto: Dios/God, Faith/fe, My school/Mi escuela. Also, students drew themselves and then labeled their body parts and the colors they were wearing for the day! Home enrich
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Andrew Clements Author Visit

Thanks to the great success of our Christmas Book Fair, Scholastic, the company that offered the fair, is bringing a very special author to SFX on Friday, February 16. Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular book Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold. His newest book, Loser’s Club is on our 2017-18 Battle of the Books list. He doesn’t do many speaking engagements
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